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That the generation to come might know . . . (Psalm 78:6).

God’s Word tells us of the importance of children in the eyes of God. In Russia and her neighboring countries, generations are growing up with little or no knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and reaching them with the Gospel is critical.

Russian children and their families face monumental challenges. Economic conditions have been unstable since the Soviet collapse, and even two decades after the end of atheistic communism, millions are left with an enormous spiritual vacuum. Parents want better lives for their children, and they are deeply grateful when caring local church workers show genuine love to their little ones. Because of this, evangelical churches have tremendous opportunities for evangelistic outreach and discipleship ministries dedicated to children. Best of all, as the children are shown Christ’s love through the local church and believe the Gospel, the children often become the evangelists to reach their whole families.

Children are the church of tomorrow, and whether it’s through SGA-sponsored summer camps, orphan ministry or Sunday schools, the God-given opportunities to reach them are truly vast.

Ministry After the Orphanage

Since 2013, Azamat has been concentrating on ministry to orphans who, on reaching adulthood, have “graduated” and left the orphanage for lives on their own. The joy he has in his ministry is mixed with very deep concern for the young people, who are now in the outside world with many challenges and temptations.

Children’s Outreach in the Caucasus

As with Central Asia, many regions in the Caucasus Mountains of the CIS are Muslim-dominant and any ministry must be carried on with great caution. This summer, a camp was held in one such region, and the almost 40 children who attended were mainly from Muslim homes. Pastor Khafis reports that the Lord was at work in many hearts.

Letters to Jesus from Russian Orphans

Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region is where the SGA-sponsored Orphans Reborn (OR) ministry began years ago, and where a tremendous spiritual harvest continues among the children. This past Easter, team leader Natalya Grishchenko led a lesson where the children put themselves in the place of the Apostle Thomas. Mark, a 12-year-old orphan, was drawn by the love of Christ and wrote the Lord a letter.

The Ukraine Crisis and Summer Camp Ministry

This summer, more than 6,000 children and teenagers participated in SGA-sponsored camp ministries across the CIS. However, in Ukraine the violent political conflict in the eastern part of the country forced the churches to alter their outreach plans.

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